Deep-Dish Pumpkin Icebox Pie

Photo: Anna Williams
Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

This pie can be made up to two days ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan

  • 45 gingersnaps (12 ounces)

  • Kosher salt

  • cup sweet Marsala or other sweet fortified wine

  • 1 tablespoon gelatin (from two ¼-ounce packets)

  • 1 can (29 ounces) pure pumpkin puree

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 3 ¼ cups heavy cream

  • 1 ¼ cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush a 9-inch springform pan with butter.

  2. In a food processor, pulse cookies with 1/4 teaspoon salt until finely ground. With motor running, slowly add butter. Transfer mixture to springform pan, pressing it evenly into bottom and three-quarters of the way up sides. Bake until darkened slightly and set, 10 to 12 minutes (crust will become hard and crisp as it cools). Let cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. Whisk together 1/3 cup wine and gelatin in a small heatproof bowl. Let stand until softened, about 3 minutes. Bring remaining 1/3 cup wine to a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour over gelatin, stirring until dissolved. In a food processor, combine gelatin mixture, pumpkin, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.

  4. In another large bowl, combine 1 3/4 cups cream and 1 1/4 cups sugar; whisk until soft peaks form. Stir half of whipped cream into pumpkin mixture, then gently fold in remaining whipped cream with a rubber spatula (do not overmix). Pour filling into cooled crust, smoothing top with a spatula. Refrigerate until set and cold, at least 8 hours.

  5. Run a thin-bladed knife between crust and sides of pan to loosen, then unlock and remove sides of pan. Transfer pie to a cake plate. In a large, cold bowl, whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups cream with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar until soft peaks form. Serve pie, with whipped cream.

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